January 22 2018
You might have heard the answer to the question of what is sin defined this way. “Sin is anything you think, say, or do, that is against God’s Word”. This little answer sounds good until you put it in the light of Scripture itself. This week I want to teach you how to sin…lol.
James 1:14-16 gives us steps to sin. The thought itself is not the sin. We do not have the ability to control what comes across our mind. So that negates the first word of that answer. Paul exhorts to take the thoughts that come into our mind captive. Why? Because if we do, we have the power, through the Holy Spirit that lives in us, to not carry out that thought, thus leading to the birth of sin, and therefore carried away into it.
“…But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my brethren.”
If we get into a practice with what Paul tells us, then we have won the battle against being carried away. Therefore, we will not move to the enticement and allow sin to be birthed.
Let me encourage you to dwell on the one verse that Paul wrote. Do we want to win against sin? Meditate and put into practice 2 Corinthians 10:5, “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” We have been given the opportunity to win over sin. It just takes work and discipline of the mind.
This week in the worship service, we are going to go back to the 70s for the first song. Bill Gaither, who most of our senior adults are very familiar with, wrote hundreds of songs back in the day. “Because He Lives” is one of the most well-known of Bill’s writings. We cry out to God “Awake My Soul” by Tomlin. Romans 8:11 says that “the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is resident in our mortal bodies.” The choir, with Suzanne Potter singing the solo, will lead us in worship with one of the choir’s favorites, “I Choose Praise.” When everything is hard, nothing is right, we can still make the choice to praise Him. A couple of other songs that have become popular with Wedgwood is “At the Cross (Love Ran Red)”, and “10,000 Reasons”. The ladies’ praise team (the green team) that consists of Nancy Cantrell, Tina Braswell, and Meghan Hayden will lead in worship with a song titled “Holy Holy Holy (Jesus Reigns)”.
Okay, yes!!! You know what I am going to say. Spend time with these songs this week.